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Whispers of Rebellion: Narrating Gabriel's Conspiracy

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An ambitious but abortive plan to revolt that ended in the conviction and hanging of over two dozen men, Gabriel’s Conspiracy of 1800 sought nothing less than to capture the capital city of Richmond and end slavery in Virginia. Whispers of Rebellion draws on recent scholarship and extensive archival material to provide the clearest view yet of this fascinating chapter in the history of slavery—and to question much about the case that has been accepted as fact.

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Overview

An ambitious but abortive plan to revolt that ended in the conviction and hanging of over two dozen men, Gabriel’s Conspiracy of 1800 sought nothing less than to capture the capital city of Richmond and end slavery in Virginia. Whispers of Rebellion draws on recent scholarship and extensive archival material to provide the clearest view yet of this fascinating chapter in the history of slavery—and to question much about the case that has been accepted as fact.

In his examination of the slave Gabriel and his group of insurgents, Michael Nicholls focuses on the neighborhood of the Brook, north of Richmond, as the plot’s locus, revealing the area’s economic and familial ties, the geographic proximity of the key conspirators, and how their contacts allowed their plan to spread across three counties and into the cities of Richmond and Petersburg.

Nicholls explores underdocumented aspects of the conspiracy, such as the participants’ recruitment and motives, showing them to be less ideologically driven than previously supposed. The author also looks at the state’s swift and brutal response, and argues persuasively that, rather than the coalition between blacks and whites that has been described in other accounts, the participants were all slaves or free blacks, suffering under an oppressive white population and willing to die for their freedom.

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James Sidbury

Clearly written and exhaustively documented, Whispers of Rebellion will immediately become the most complete and reliable account of Gabriel’s Conspiracy—generally recognized as one of the five or six most important examples of collective slave resistance in Anglo-America between 1700 and 1861.

Philip J. Schwarz

Michael Nicholls’s Whispers of Rebellion explores a community riven by the fault lines of slavery as well as anyone else has. This book will become the standard account of Gabriel’s Conspiracy.

American Historical Review

Without question, Nicholls advances understanding of Gabriel’s sophisticated conspiracy.

Journal of American History

Whispers of Rebellion unquestionably and impressively succeeds in its main goal of providing a careful, scholarly, detailed, and, in many particulars, more accurate account of Gabriel’s conspiracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813931937
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Series: Carter G. Woodson Institute Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Nicholls is Professor Emeritus of History at Utah State University and the author of Aspects of the African-American Experience in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg.

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